Quadrant Golf

Quadrant golf is a new variation of golf that can be played on a modified driving range. Using a combination of specially designed terrain, ball-tracking technology and digital scorekeeping, users can play every shot that they normally would during a round of traditional golf entirely within the driving range, and the adjacent chipping area and putting green.

The Golfuture quadrant golf system has been awarded patents in the US and Japan.

Gameplay Basics

The basic theory behind the game is actually quite simple:

Each shot on a traditional golf hole shortens the distance from the ball to the target. Instead of moving the player closer to the pin, have the player stand still and pick a closer pin.

In practice, this idea is implemented using "quadrants" — playing areas containing specialized terrain and green arrangements to provide suitable targets for a subset of possible golf shots. Each quadrant has shorter targets than the last, so they are played in order.

For instance, a player might hit a tee shot in quadrant 1 to dogleg left fairway target. With 165 yards remaining, they then move to quadrant 2 to shoot for a target green at that distance. The final quadrant is the putting green where players must sink a putt to complete the hole.

Another difference from traditional and simulator golf is shot order. Instead of walking between quadrants after each shot (and doing that cycle 18 times in a round), golfers play all the shots in each quadrant for the entire round before moving to the next. It's a bit like playing all 18 holes at the same time.

To compensate for the added complexity of selecting targets and playing shots out of order, quadrant golf offloads the extra work to an in-bay computer system.

  • Algorithmic pin selection to minimize distance error
  • Computer graphics to orient the player on the course and indicate hazard locations
  • Automated, digital scorekeeping to keep track of multiple in-progress holes
  • Shot tracking to give players instant performance feedback and cumulative statistics
  • Putting green with Visiputt placement technology for accurate short game

Key Advantages

What Sets It Apart

Faster Play

By eliminating the walk between each shot, we're able to drastically reduce the amount of time required to play a single round -- around 45 minutes for a solo player. What's more, the parallel throughput of the range-like hitting areas means groups can advance to the next quadrant in any order -- no more waiting on the group ahead!

High Capacity

Given the increased average pace of play, even modestly-sized quadrant-play facilities can offer higher hourly capacity than a traditional course. Excess capacity can easily be put to alternate use as practice facilities or range entertainment areas offering minigames.

Small Footprint

Quadrant-style facilities can be made as small as 12 acres, fitting into tight urban areas or freeing up space to be put to alternate use. This form factor coupled with the centralization of hitting areas vastly reduces the required water, fuel, fertilizer and manpower compared to a traditional golf course.

Accurate Feel

Players aim at accurately-ranged targets and watch the entirety of the ball flight. Compared to simulators that either project targets onto a screen or place them in the middle of an empty field, quadrant golf lets players experience the true scale of the game.

Facility Design

Various quadrant layouts are available to satisfy most footprints. Land requirements range from 12 to 45 acres, depending on the number of quadrants, stalls per quadrant and the size of attached buildings. In smaller designs, some quadrants are combined to increase the number of available bays and reduce bottlenecking.